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'Silver and gold' items highlight NOBTS digKARMEI YOSEF, ISRAEL (BP) -- Before the Israelites entered the Promised Land, God warned His people through Moses to avoid the idols of the Canaanites. Joshua reiterated this strict warning against the Canaanite gods after the people crossed the Jordan.
But the Israelites did not heed these warnings. The idols and false gods of the Canaanites proved to be a snare to the people from the time of the Conquest until the Exile. Read More
Moore clarifies comments on Trump supportersNASHVILLE (BP) -- Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore has clarified that he never intended to criticize all evangelical supporters of President-elect Donald Trump, noting many were motivated by "biblical convictions" and "voted their conscience."
In a Monday (Dec. 19) blog post, Moore acknowledged “pointed conversations in my denominational family about the election" over the past month, "some of them ... directed at me." Read More
New law to aid global religious liberty
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The United States government has new means to help protect Christians and other religious minorities around the world from persecution.
President Obama signed into law Dec. 16 the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). The president's enactment of the legislation came only three days after Congress completed its approval of the bill without any opposition in either the Senate or House of Representatives. See related report. Read More
Kelley to grads: God's promise changes everythingNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- New Orleans Baptist Theological President Chuck Kelley reminded graduates at their Dec. 17 graduation that though trials come and the future may be uncertain, "knowing the end of the story" changes everything.
Kelley compared God's promise that one day all wrongs will be set right -- the end of the story -- to finding an overlooked gift under the Christmas tree.
"No one goes through life unscathed," Kelley said, noting that difficulties come to every life. "That's what makes the most overlooked gift so important." Read More
MBC calls on court for restorationJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- The Missouri Baptist Convention has asked the Circuit Court of Cole County to restore The Baptist Home and Missouri Baptist University to the MBC family.
The Baptist Home, a three-campus senior adult residential ministry, broke away from the convention in September 2000, declaring its board of trustees to be independent and self-perpetuating. In August 2001, Missouri Baptist University (MBU), a four-year college in Clayton, Mo., took the same action, amending its charter to remove all ties to the MBC. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Pastors, enjoy Christmas with your family
'One December I spent 22 nights away from home leading up to Christmas Day. Then I repented and never did that again!' Randy Adams, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention, writes. 'A big part of a pastor's responsibility is to model family-life for the church.' Read More
Muere el presidente de la convención estatal de West Virginia, Ron McCoyWHEELING, W.Va. (BP) -- Ron McCoy, presidente en su segundo período de la Convención Bautista del Sur de West Virginia (WVCSB por sus siglas en inglés) quien instó a los bautistas de su estado el mes pasado a ser catalizadores de un reavivamiento, murió el 8 de diciembre después de una batalla contra el cáncer. Tenía 78 años.
Misionero societario de la Asociación Bautista Upper Ohio Valley en Wheeling, W.VA., desde 2014, McCoy fue elegido presidente de WVCSB en 2015 y de nuevo el mes pasado. Read More